GM and Ford Close to Completing Ventilator Contract

Both GM and Ford said Tuesday that they are close to completing orders made by the US government for medical ventilators. With the order for 30,000 ventilators nearly complete, GM will be shifting back to automotive manufacturing soon.

GM says that its $489 million contract will be done before the end of August and Ford is on a similar timeline. Both automakers have likened the switch to ventilator production to their wartime efforts. But their effectiveness in the was on COVID is questionable.

The US Health and Human Services department said on Tuesday that 12,000 ventilators have been deployed so far despite a stockpile of more than 108,000 currently held by the government. And the deployment isn’t likely to explode soon as doctors increasingly shift away from the invasive treatment.

The manufacturers have said that they will stop producing ventilators and shift back to automotive manufacturing. Production of respiratory masks, though, will continue.

As of September 1, GM’s ventilator-making operations will shift to Ventec. Union-represented workers will return to the automaker while temporary ones will stay with Ventec.